tv [untitled] March 1, 2012 4:00pm-4:30pm PST
happy new year i want to start out by saying the new year brings us -- while we still hear bad news from the federal and state economy, i have always believed, particularly this last year as interim mayor, working with people like ron conaway, jenn, certainly talking with david chiu, we need to innovate our way out of a lot of these problems. you are going to hear me use that word innovation quite a bit. i think, for our city, innovating ourselves into more transparency to be more customer friendly and transparent, to be more efficient as a government,
bringing more services, and meeting the economic challenges that i think are continuing to plague us, is going to be the way we succeed. today, i have two basic announcements. the first is we are forming a strategic partnership. code for america is a nonprofit that has been presenting innovative ideas to city governments, and particularly, for san francisco. i want to expose them to everything we have in terms of direct customer services, challenges we have had for many years, and to ask them to work with the strategically to create, in a competitive nature and a strategic partnership, a relationship where we can have companies and individuals and the entrepreneurs come through code of america and get the kind of information for the
challenges we are having in government, and to work with us to create the most innovative ideas possible. some of you may ask, what are we really talking about? for example, last january -- the best example i can give you is, i was intrigued by this application we have created in the mta, where we had a sf park. an innovative idea of creating parking applications to solve some of our congestion on the street. i brought that application to the conference of mayors in washington, d.c. and was immediately surrounded by no less than five additional measures that said, that is something happening in san francisco. we can use that idea here. it is that kind of example where we have more ideas to share, where we can create more applications than create ideas,
through the code of america, working with our technology entrepreneur is, working with city departments, with the leadership of our mayor's office, board of supervisors, to challenge us to come up with more ideas as to how we could solve some problems that plague us, whether at the unique, in homeless areas, or whether it might be trying to catch a taxi cab in a more efficient way. we think we could have a more to do to a partnership with a code of america. we are announcing today -- by the way, code of america will be moving into larger offices at ninth and mission in the next few months, and be right with us, both physically, and this innovative strategic partnership that i want to announce today, to really bring in code of
america in a strategic way. the second announcement i want to make is, i cannot do this myself. in fact, i am still trying to figure out how to do better with tweeting the things i want to get done. the conversation that i have had with ron conaway and companies that have registered a tremendous interest, working with john walton and are part of technology. we think it is absolutely necessary to register our interests in innovation by declaring the chief innovation officer for the city. perhaps the first in america, certainly in san francisco. i have tapped the talent jane to my right, who has been working in the department of technology. he has been the leader in open
data government efforts in our city. i would like him to now come into the mayor's office and be the point person for us to declare that we want that innovation in the heart of the mayor's office and helping the departments figure out how they can use innovation and how they can be connected with nonprofits like code for america, to get not only their data, but even their business practices more efficient and transparent. he is our chief innovation officer for the city. he will be working alongside me in making sure the mayor's office, working with the board of supervisors, has at its helm, with the proper authority, a corporate visibility, leadership in making sure innovation is a part of everything we do, both in
leading the departments and our efforts to innovate ourselves out of the many challenges forthcoming. i think we need an innovation that the mayor's office, so we have asked him to come forward to do this. i needed to be very visible to everybody. i need it also to signal that this is our dedication -- that we have talked about for a few months. innovation will be a key component, key way in which we conduct ourselves in the city. by the way, it is not just innovation for innovation's sake. at the heart of this is job creation. i have said this over and over again to the point where people may be bored with it. at the heart of my 17-point plan of job creation and economic growth is technology growth. that has been the exciting part of my few months as interim
mayor, and the last few months, to see that technology growth that is at the heart to bringing down the unemployment statistics in a dramatic way. these two announcements today, the strategic partnership with code of america, as well as the identifying the chief innovative officer for the mayor's office, leading the way. i know that david chiu understands this and embraces this. he has been a champion for the government 2.0, if you will, in the city. even in our -- my brief race for mayorship, that we even talked about this maneuver competing, that we wanted to make sure this was something that we tried to do and entered into government. it is exciting for me, something that represents what i want to do for the next several your
years as mayor of the city. i know that david chiu embraces this as well. he will be working with us extremely closely. with that, let me invite board president david chiu. >> thank you, mr. mayor. i am pleased to be part of not just this presentation and announcements, but the team of political and technological innovators is a wonderful step for the city. before i came to city hall, i ran a technology company. like everyone here, we know we have some of the brightest and most innovative individuals, here in san francisco. that being said, when i came into city hall, i was shocked at the fact we are a city with a proximity to silicon valley, yet, while we spend $200 million a year in i.t., we have had seven disparate e-mail systems, three dozen data centers, and winnie the consolidation in technology, but even more importantly, we were not part is
in the best and brightest minds here in san francisco. over the past year, i have attended a number of hack-a- thons, and was impressed about the ideas of how to fix muni, making our commercial buildings greener, using vacant spaces, figuring out how to catch cabs. in the last couple of months, i figured out how we can legislate this as part of san francisco. mayor lee had a better idea, which was to partner with code of america to utilize the non- profit and private sector to come together with entrepreneurial minds. i want to figure from conaway for your leadership, not only helping to cede some of the greatest part we have here in the city, and working with a community that wants to work with the government. we have talked about in gauging the technology community and innovators to make city government better. i also want to take a moment to
graduate the mayor for making a great decision for creating this position. a couple of weeks ago, i was reading york city was contemplating a similar position like this, and i meant to come and tell you, you should create the position. lo and behold, here we are. he has really been driving innovation in the city, and it is important for there to be a central coordinating role. we have been working together to move the agenda forward. i do hope this will help to revitalize and change a culture of government and move us squarely into the 21st century. we are often stuck in some of our practices of 1999, and we need to be to where we are today, in the year 2012. with that, thank you very much for being here. >> thank you.
it is really wonderful to hear the sentiments expressed about the need for technology to catch up in city government. that is where we have been for a couple of years with code of america. we believe in the power of the entrepreneur to change the world. we look at how different the world was 15 years ago. so many of those changes have come through this amazing consumer internet that is now available to all of us. it makes our lives dramatically different, and it had disrupted so many sectors that touch our lives, whether you are talking about media, services. but there is one sector that has not changed enough, and that is the government. government technology broccoli is a $140 billion business. beyond that, government services, far larger than that. what we need to do is bring
those amazing of entrepreneurs, so many of whom have come from here in san francisco -- we have the best of entrepreneurial country -- spirit in the country, to get them thinking not only about the challenges of the consumer internet, but the citizen internet as well. at code for america -- you might be wondering what we do. we are a peace corps for dekes. through our fellowship program, we have been getting great developers and designers to take a year off and work with city government. what comes from that are great apps that citizens can use, but more than that, they work with the government on more innovative approaches to try to institutionalize these different approaches that reflect what we have come to call web 2.0. what we're talking about today is an amazing program funded by
google, the kauffman foundation, help from her on, and others, and received an accelerator for civic start-ups. by that, we mean companies that work in the government space that will disrupt, in a healthy way, the government ecosystem, and provide a new set of vendors and provide new and innovative ways for citizens to access government services. we are very excited to be partnering with san francisco on this. i am grateful for everyone here in the room, especially mayor lee, ron conaway, a andjay, who we have seen -- and jay, who we have seen as an innovative leader in this area. we are also blessed with the cedar accelerated to have so many other similar programs in the bay area that we can learn from. we will be following in the footsteps of organizations like
-- learning what they do. code of america has a specific purpose, on specific start-ups, bring those wonderful on the printer is in error to think about businesses that do not just change the consumer experience, but change the citizen experience. lastly, we are really blessed that so many of the angel investors an early stage vc's in the market are seeing this as an important place where they want to invest. that is why we have run conaway in the room, tim o'reilly, and many others that realize not only is it important for our country to encourage civic start-ups in order to bring our garment along, but it is also going to be a great business opportunity, place to invest their money. we are excited to have this accelerator and are proud to be part ring with san francisco to
bring it to life, to have them teach ideas to launch the doors and have a healthy dialogue around the civic space. with that, i am turning it over to ron. thank you for your support. >> hello, i am ron conaway. i am not sure jennifer was introduced prior. jennifer is the co-founder of code for america with tim o'reilly. the founder. jennifer is our hostess today and we are very thankful. i was born in san francisco, moved to the peninsula, raised my family there, moved back to san francisco eight years ago. my day job, in addition to civic activities, i am an angel investors. since 1994, i have invested over 600 companies. it is very interesting to see --
and most of these companies are in the bay area. there are about 200 companies that are active today. of those 200 companies, most of which in the bay area, over 52% of our portfolio in sv angel are in san francisco today. what is significant is, in 2005, 75% of our portfolio was in silicon valley, i the south of san francisco. so there is definitely undisputed the migration of tech companies to san francisco, and we want to support that. some of the company that i am an investor in that will lead the charge in san francisco, twitter, ising guy, jawbone, eventbrite, trulia, and google.
approval has a large office in san francisco. we think the tech community in san francisco needs to finally get active. ed lee, the minute he stepped into office, the two significant things for the tech community, he got twitter to stay in san francisco, with the help of david chiu, and we got rid of the private company's stock option tax. noticing that, i said, we need ed lee to go another four years. warren and i had a vociferous meeting with the mayor on july 12 to urge him to run. if he ran, the tech community would support him. what you are seeing today is just the initial launch of the activities where the tech community will organize and partner with the city of san francisco.
one week from today, the tech community will announce what it is going to do, in an organized fashion, to support what is happening in san francisco in the city, and with the efforts that code for america isn't leading. we are truly going to bring had a tech culture to san francisco. it will be very exciting. san francisco is lucky to have a code for america, ed lee, and especially our new chief innovation officer, jay knapf, who will speak now. >> thank you, mayor for the opportunity to serve as the chief innovation officer in the city. in my role, i plan on strengthening the partnership with our technology community and city hall to rediscover the digital age. we have discovered so much through our civic hack-a-thons
and other things that we have done. this is a great example of harnessing the on deprenyl spirit in the city and realizing the potential of that, serving in the red better, making it more lean, efficient, and more responsive. i also want to thank the san francisco department of technology. they have incubated innovation. i have been working with the city for five years and they have done a tremendous amount. i look forward to continue the partnership with the department of technology to bring innovation to the forefront in san francisco. thank you. >> i will try to say something that has not already been said. thank you all for coming. similar to david, i will say, i come from the private sector.
when i came to the city, the question i got most was how do we made -- make government more exciting, let the private sector? we all work for tech companies or business firms, so how can we bring all that excitement into government? to have a board and mayor that recognizes technology in the community as an unborn aspect really revolutionizes government. really looking forward to the next four years, working with mayor lee, the tax community, ron. we are really at the cost of some fantastic things. in the last year, we have lots mobile -- launched mobile apps where people can watch online, at interact with their devices. we have started to partner with other cities and taking what we are doing here and spreading across the country.
this will only heighten our success. if we can use san francisco as a hub of where people can see how government is innovative, and they look to us as an example -- we have an expo coming up in a october. people from all over the world will be coming to see how we have innovative government and will be looking for leadership. i just want to encourage everyone to stay tuned. a i knowron will be making some and not -- i know ron will be making some announcements in the next week. i look forward to working with everybody in the future. >> what are hack-a-thons? >> the hacker culture is really about creating, rapidly prototyping solutions. often, it is equated to
applications and software, but during the summer, we had a partnership, and we expanded that notion by having people do thought experiments, by creating games, creating new ways of doing things. it is about innovation in general. it is not just technology and packing technology. it is more about getting a bunch of people, in a diverse community together, with people who have needs. in this case, the city. we have issues and challenges we face, and caring people who are problem-solving oriented. if we tear those two groups of people together, some amazing things have come up. we have had that over five and a people over this past year -- 500 people over the past year, over 10,000 hours of civic engagement, and nearly 30 application that have been developed. code for america, what they are
doing, is taking it to the next level, where we take these ideas and substantiate new business, and drive job growth, and disrupt government. you have seen a transformation in the consumer space. we have not seen a transformation in government. there is no reason why we cannot do that. >> problem solving. what is on the top of your priority list? how this code of america going to help you in that? >> we have got a lot of problems, obviously. they get worse every time i listen to what the state is going to do with their budget, certainly, with the fed's are cutting off. i have a whole list. muni comes to mind, for example. all of their challenges. some of the easiest examples
are, for example, the public says, i cannot find a taxi. one of the projects we want to put forward and an accelerated way is how we are preparing for the america's cup. we have over 500,000 people coming on a daily basis for that event. you are going to hear, i cannot find a taxi, or you will hear, i found a taxi through this new application. i would rather hear the last one. that will be one of the projects that david and i will agree on. there will be a lot of people in his district as well to say, how can we get good transportation, to get people where they want to go, to the waterfront? ac34, getting taxis and other types of transportation modes at their highest level of participation for that event, will be one of the projects that
we will put forward by the way. i want that to be of use for the public. maybe things like -- do our homeless people on the streets -- do they have the best information at hand about where they available shelters are immediately when they encounter someone on the street? can they get wraparound services right away without having to make three or four phone calls and then have the person say, i am not interested? those other kinds of things that will be hacked out. hopefully, our practices today will be disrupted. hack-a-thon and destruction have negative connotations. today, we are embracing those as positive ideas. -- disruption have negative connotations. we have to change government, we
have to change the way we think. i have been thinking through the night. it is much less about technology but the way that we think. i need to disrupt the way we have been thinking and start innovating our way out of this. i could sit back and cry about what jerry brown's budget will present to us, or what obama cannot do in this new administration, the things that are going to go on. or i could say, i am going to work with the most innovative part of our society, people who want to help the government to better. we have really positive things to do and be positive about the way we run government. that is what i want to get to. i know the board of supervisors want to get to that as well. we need to find solutions, and this is a way to invite people who are interested in doing it.
>> [inaudible] if it would actually create jobs, it would get things done. >> i would say, for example, when small businesses complain there are a myriad of permits and fees and all kinds of applications that are not all in one place. we will take a look at that. it is even the startup companies that ron represents, it is a myriad of application they are facing. can we have one place, repeated things that come at us every few months that our new that we did not know about that we can discover? human rights certification process, the small business commission, or the tax office. can we put all that together in one package and have a small business say, i want to get started in san francisco in an easy way. can we have all accessible and
be done with in a one effort shop? that will bring us better businesses, and they will pay their taxes and fees appropriately. >> [inaudible] why did it take a different process like this to actually make something happen? >> i know it has not emanated from the mayor's office. i have to admit that. that is what john and i talked about. it has not been emanating from the mayor's office, and we wanted that to happen. it has been distributed within dt and other departments. if you volunteer, you want to do it, if it is in your comfort zone, you take it up. i think we need to get out of our comfort zone, so that is why i brought it into the mayor's office to say, this is how i get office to say, this is how i get my 17-point jump plan done.